All posts by Deb Hutchinson

Maximum Social Security Benefit Comparison with the ones at full retirement age

Hi. When I look at the chart comparing maximized benefits with those at full retirement income, the total benefits for spouse appear to be higher than what she will collect on her own record? If I look at her benefits schedule for full retirement age, her total lifetime benefits add up to about $781,000.  But in the comparison with maximized scenario, I see the amount to be about $856,000. Can someone tell me why it’s about $75,000 more?